Student Competitions for Grades 5-12

Here you'll find student resources on competitions that promote awareness about energy technologies and issues.

Middle School

DOE's Middle School Science Bowl - This competition consists of two contests: (1) a fast-paced question-and-answer academic competition where students answer questions about earth science, physical science, life science, math, and general science and (2) a hands-on contest that challenges students to design, build, and race model fuel cell cars (teams are given components to construct their cars). Any current public, private, or home-school student is welcome to form a team and participate in a regional Middle School Science Bowl event. The regional champions will be invited to an all-expense paid trip to compete in Golden, Colorado, for the national title.

High School

DOE's National Science Bowl - A highly publicized academic competition among teams of high school students who answer questions on scientific topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, earth science, computers, and general science. Any current public, private, or home-school student is welcome to form a team and participate in one of the 66 regional competitions held from January to March each year. The regional champions receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national title. In addition to the academic competition, teams build model hydrogen fuel cell cars that they compete in various challenges, including a race for speed and an incline event.